Thursday, April 2, 2009

Malcolm Feeley

I spent this afternoon at Princeton University, teaching a class on the courts and social policy with Aubrey.  We were invited by Malcolm Feeley, who is a visiting scholar at Princeton this year (he is usually a professor at Cal-Berkeley).   Over the years, Malcolm has been extraordinarily generous with his time, allowing me to pick his brain on all manner of subjects.  He has written a couple of books that I recommend to anyone who is interested in court innovation.   The more famous of the two is The Process Is the Punishment, which is an in-depth look at the lower courts based on field work in New Haven criminal court.  Harder to find (but well worth the trouble) is Court Reform on Trial, which is probably the best book I have read on reforming criminal court.